Happy holidays! I just got my ams intake in the mail yesterday. I am excited to put it on. I've been doing a lot of research and looked at the spec sites you suggested.
Really nice to know that the 2015 has the plate and the 2016 + have a bypass valve. I researched the difference and why they are necessary. I dont think I would want the sound so I'd look for a valve that can recirculate the excess. Any suggestions?
I am going to leave the stock exhaust in place for now I think. I may get an alpha dp at some point but I think the exhaust set up for the car is already great and should be able to handle a tune.
I received my tunes from eurocharged. Both stage 1 and stage 2 so I can see the difference and play a bit.
I'm looking forward for the additional stats you are going to provide on.
I'll look at your eurocharged tune tonight as well, I've been focusing in on Vividracing if I did a tune since 1) I don't want to send my ecu anywhere and 2) like the plug and play and ability to dial in 7 different modes because here in Colorado I can't get 93 octane, so I likely need to dial back the tune to keep from knocking, and I don't want much tune in any case, I'd just like the car to be right about 400 crank HP, 380 lb/ft.
But anyway, I did just finish specs on comparing 3 different filter/intakes from 2.0T vehicles. Here is what I find:
1) Stock AMG, filter is 6.5" in filter length, and 18.5" circumference, total sq/inch contact space is 120.25". Downside is the paper filtration seems excessive, it is 1.5" thick and there are 24 pleats/4" or 111 around circumference. This may keep intake noise down as well (baffle) to keep with MB desires.
2) AMS filter is 6.5" in length, and 18.5" around, with a slight neck down to 16" nearest to fender. Total contact space is 112.125". Filter is performance dry media and is only .75" thick and there are 11 pleats/4" 46 pleats around circumference. Noticeably more light gets through this filter, it is surely more free flowing. I suspect it's design also allows more air to move around the filter and still suck in and cool the ecu at the back. So the filter won't clog toward the front as quickly as the stock.
Side note, I see that the intake does have an angle at the bottom to help direct air not just right at the filter, but up and over it.
3) Final comparo: 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP 2.0 Turbo with flat AC Delco Paper element: This filter measures 12.25x 9.25 for total sq. inches of 113.3" and is 1" thick pleats (less pleats per inch than our stock), so more free flowing as a stock paper element.